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Creating a Bond of Trust With Our Clients

Buying luxury jewelry and watches can be an unnerving experience. After all, you, as the customer, are putting your trust into the idea that you are getting what you pay for. No one wants to buy a high-end watch only to find it is a fake. Nor would you want to spend a lot of money on a beautiful diamond ring only to find that it's glass. We understand this, and work to gain your trust by selling you items that are certified as genuine.

We are long-time members of the American Gem Society, and uphold the society's standard of providing the highest possible business ethics in the jewelry industry. We offer nothing but the best in service to our clients by ensuring that our staff is fully educated, sourcing diamonds from ethical sources, and diligently work to protect our customers from fraud. This goes for custom jewelry as well as pieces from well-known jewelry designers.

If you are seeking something unique for a specific occasion, we have luxury and corporate gifts that include major brands and items. Want to give a gift that won't be forgotten anytime soon? We carry the Shinola bicycle, watches and leather goods, a brand that celebrates the rebirth of manufacturing in Detroit. If you need something a little more feminine, we carry items from Debbie Brooks, an accessories designer who manufactures in New York.

Looking for custom jewelry in Las Vegas? Bring your design idea to us and we can make it a reality. We have a design team that is ready to turn your dream into reality. Come to us with your concept, regardless if it is in your head or on paper. Our design team sits down with you to figure out all of the details you want, the metal you desire and the stones you want to set. We then put the design into our 3D printer with the materials of your choice, then have our skilled craftsmen put on the finishing touches. Your dream piece is done in almost no time at all!

We make it a point to have a full line of designer jewelry on hand at all times in order to help you satisfy what it is you are looking for. If we don't have something, we can make it for you, and to your exact specifications. It is our pleasure to provide you with honest service so you can feel confident about buying from us again and again.


7 Razzle-Dazzle Gifts for a Sweet 16 Party

Not every one gets blessed with a Sweet 16 party. But if you happen to know a special someone who's having a Sweet 16 bash, then you'll want to gift the special girl with a present that she'll truly love. Here at MJ Christensen, we have seven excellent gift ideas that we want to share with you.

iPad - What teenage girl doesn't love electronics, especially an iPad. From texting her friends to doing her homework, an iPad is sure to be one of her favorite gifts.

A Pony -Sure, this might seem a bit cliché, but any girl who really likes horses would love to get a pony at her Sweet 16. And if she wants a pony that stays little forever, consider getting her a miniature horse. They are so cute.

Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend - From earrings to necklaces, bracelets, and more, diamonds in Las Vegas are loved by all girls. Do keep in mind that if you give the birthday girl a diamond ring to not let her wear it until after the party when she can get it sized to fit her finger.

Ice Cream Machine - Teenage girls love having sleepovers, and there's no better way to have fun at a sleepover than by making homemade ice cream. With her very own ice cream machine, her and her friends can whip together tasty delights that are sure to have their taste buds dancing from dusk till dawn.

Makeup Kit - There's a good chance that once she hits 16 years of age she'll be wearing makeup, so why not relish her with some of today's best makeup products. From foundation to eye shadow to lip color, there are lots of makeup accessories that she'll love to have.

Clothes - No girl can ever have too many clothes. If you know the birthday girl very well at all, then you probably know what are favorite pieces of apparel are. Take for instance that she loves hoodies. Even if her closet is overflowing with hoodies, it's her birthday so go ahead and lavish her in five different hoodies that you know she'll want to wear all the time.

Car Accessories - She's turning 16, which means she'll likely be getting her drivers license in the next six months to a year. Keeping this in mind, she could likely want several car accessories, including a cell phone holder, car seat covers and even air fresheners.


What You Buy in Vegas Doesn't Stay in Vegas

Many people come to Las Vegas seeking their fortune. While not everyone hits a jackpot, many visitors find real treasure to take home. If you come to visit us at MJ Christensen for your gold jewelry, you’ll find we have a fabulous selection at amazing prices. With two convenient locations, we’re known by locals and visitors alike as a premier location for quality jewelry, diamonds, and luxury gifts.

Value, Beauty and Selection

Our buyers spend a great deal of time finding the finest offerings to bring to our customers. We pride ourselves on providing a broad selection of items that fit the most discriminating tastes. If you are looking for gold jewelry in Las Vegas for personal use or for gifts, we offer you the most recognized brands and designers. Our knowledgeable staff will also take pleasure in showing you our fine leather items and stunning selection of diamonds.

We Make it Easy

At MJ Christensen, we’ve invested a great deal in both our inventory and the tools we provide to search for the perfect diamond. Once you have discussed your desires with a member of our staff, you can select from the categories of:

  • Shape
  • Cut
  • Size
  • Clarity
  • Color
  • Price Range

This simple process produces a personalized set of enlarged photos of diamonds. You can start this process in our store or on our website. Once you have your list of preferred diamonds, we can show you the actual stones and a range of settings. Together, we will work to find just the right custom look you prefer.

We provide the same diligence and personal service for all the items in our stores, from luxury watches to exquisitely designed gold jewelry to unique corporate gifts. Whether you live in Vegas or are visiting for a weekend of fun, we invite you to stop in and be amazed by our extensive selection of fine jewelry. You'll be proud to show off any of the quallity items you purchase from MJ Christensen.


Charming Bracelet Ideas

We think that charm bracelets are a wonderful way for women and girls to show off their unique personalities through jewelry. After all, no two charm bracelets are alike, and because of their nature, they change and evolve throughout the years. Some women receive charm bracelets as birthday or holiday gifts as children and keep them throughout their lives, adding different charms as life progresses.The best charm bracelets are the ones that tell the life stories of the women who wear them.

We think that one of the key components to creating a fabulous charm bracelet is to select and add charms that have deep personal meaning. For instance, a woman might choose to add a charm for every milestone in her life -- graduation, marriage, children, important career achievements, and anything else that has personal significance for her. Others might decide to cultivate a charm bracelet that carries a specific theme. Dog or horse lovers, for instance, may decide to dedicate their bracelet to their furry friend of choice, and avid gardeners often collect charms that depict tiny gardening accessories and plants.

It's our opinion that a charm bracelet is quite possibly the one thing in a woman's life that is exactly what she wants it to be. She can add and remove items, dress the bracelet up or down, and choose any theme that she likes. Some women even have several charm bracelets for different reasons. For instance, a woman who travels often might have a bracelet dedicated to her travels that features items from every place that she has visited. She might also have a bracelet devoted exclusively to her children, and another one with a favorite pastime or hobby as its theme.

We also think that generational charm bracelets are a fabulous trend that we'd love to see more of. Mothers passing on their bracelets to daughters, for instance, creates rich traditions that serve to create and strengthen bonds by keeping family stories alive.

Our advice to anyone wishing to begin a charm bracelet tradition in her own family is to give the bracelets as gifts to herself and other female family members. This can start a lovely chain of events that will cause the meaning of the initial gifts to grow substantially throughout the coming years.


Diamond and Jewelry Appraisals

Come to MJ Christensen and we’ll perform your jewelry appraisal in Las Vegas. Whether you’re down on your luck at the casinos, received a piece of antique jewelry from your long lost relative, or just need to know for insurance purposes, our professional, AGS certified graduate gemologists will provide you with a jewelry appraisal while you wait.

Our appraiser will work with you to understand your needs and provide a fair and accurate jewelry appraisal appropriate for those needs. Someone concerned about estate taxes has different needs than someone whose marriage deteriorated and looking to value for divorce proceedings. Need to pawn? We’ll make sure you understand collateral value from an unvested third party. We won’t undervalue anything, but insurance value is different than sellable value.

The American Gem Society (or AGS) makes sure our appraisers are fully educated in diamonds, gems, and jewelry. With diamonds, we’ll educate you on the 4Cs of your stone, cut, color, clarity, and carat, and how each affects the underlying value of a piece of jewelry. With gemstones, our gemologists will accurately identify the stone and value it to provide an appraisal with confidence. Then, if an item becomes lost or stolen, you can reliably use our jewelry appraisal with your insurance company to work on getting a comparable replacement.

How much do we charge for appraisals? While we occasionally might special events, the cost of the appraisal is based on the time involved for our appraiser to accurately value the item. If multiple pieces are involved, the cost will go up accordingly. We’ll provide an initial estimate of the cost when you bring in the item and will not base the appraisal cost on the value of the items involved.

How long do our appraisals take? For our special events, we do our best to provide appraisals while our customers wait. They just need to schedule an appointment that fits their schedule to make sure our appraisers our available when they come in. An engagement ring might take about an hour to analyze while multiple pieces could take days or even weeks.

How long are our appraisals good for? It is best to update jewelry appraisals every four to seven years. This makes sure any market conditions don’t adversely affect values. Reappraisals are always easier and we can update values after ensuring jewelry conditions haven’t changed.

Let us schedule your appointment today at MJ Christensen and we’ll perform your jewelry appraisal in Las Vegas. We’ll provide the insurance documentation needed or the liquidity value to turn the property into cash, or one of the many other reasons to get an independent jewelry appraisal.


MJ Christensen Diamonds: Sales and Service Committed

At MJ Christensen Diamonds, we understand how customers feel about their jewelry. We share in their passion for beautiful diamonds and custom jewelry designs. We not only sell incredible diamonds and custom made jewelry; we also have GIA certified jewelers on our staff, all highly trained and experienced in appraisals as well as expert repairs. We have been in the diamond jewelry business in Las Vegas, Nevada since 1939.

Our Customers

Our customers range from first time diamond buyers picking out an engagement ring, to seasoned diamond buying veterans, celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary and everything in between. The excitement of assisting a first time buyer as he chooses a diamond for his lovely bride-to-be never gets old. We take the time to get to know our customers, because we know if we treat them right, they will come back to us for years to come. It is a tried and true formula of diamond knowledge and a sincere passion for jewelry coupled with stellar customer service, a formula that has worked for us and our jewelry repair Las Vegas customers for seventy-five years.

Our Commitment

At MJ Christensen, we are committed to the integrity of diamond sales and the customer service that our customers have grown to expect. As well they should; jewelry sales deal with the head and the heart, and should never be taken lightly. We are wholly committed to delivering nothing but the very best.

Our Qualifications

MJ Christensen employs more Graduate Gemologists than any other jeweler in the State of Nevada. What this means is that our gemologists are graduates of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and are Certified Gemologist Appraisers (CGA), trained and certified by the American Gem Society. This is how we can stand so firmly behind the jewelry we sell. Our staff of experts can sell, appraise and repair diamond jewelry, watches, rings, settings and more. We take pride in our qualified and experienced jewelers on staff at MJ Christensen Diamonds.

Custom Designs

MJ Christensen jewelers use Computer Aided Design (CAD) jewelry design tools with a 3D printer that combines art with technology, producing one of a kind jewelry pieces quickly and accurately. The 3D printing technology is fascinating and we are excited and proud to offer this to our customers. No one else in the Las Vegas, Nevada area offers the same combination of old world experience with new world technology as MJ Christensen Diamonds.


Making Your Wedding Ring Last Forever

Engagement rings and wedding bands are jewelry items that are meant to last longer than a lifetime, but if they aren't properly cared for, they'll lose their luster, shine, and sparkle prematurely. Keeping them clean is essential to their longevity, but that can be difficult to do. Hands come into contact with many different substances and objects, including dirt, lotions, soaps, food, pets, children, equipment, and literally thousands of other things that can affect the appearance of jewelry. Here's what we think are the best ways to ensure that rings retain their beauty and shine:

The most important thing that anyone can do concerning caring for their wedding and engagement ring is to remove them when performing household chores. It's not advisable, however, to slip them off the finger and place them on a table or countertop -- this is one way that rings become lost or damaged. Having a safe place to put rings before tackling housework is the best way to keep them safe.

We also believe that proper ring care involves removing them before the application of perfume or lotion and replacing them after the substances have been completely absorbed into the skin. Never wear it to an appointment with a manicurist, to work out at the gym, or into a pool, lake, or ocean. Cool water can cause your finger to shrink enough so that the ring can slip off. If this occurs in the ocean or a large lake, your ring will probably be lost forever. The chemicals used in swimming pools may cause discoloration.

We also believe that it's best to remove rings before meal preparation in the home kitchen, especially if you're doing something that requires mixing with your fingers such as kneading cookies dough.

Most rings can be easily cleaned with a mild dishwashing liquid mixed with water and an old, soft toothbrush. Diamond rings can be given extra shine by soaking them in a bowl with one teaspoon of ammonia and three teaspoons of lukewarm water. Extra care needs to be taken with emerald rings, and it's our opinion that cleaning these is best left to an experienced jeweler.

It's also our opinion that having your rings insured is a wise move and an essential part of taking care of them. Losing a ring or having it damaged beyond repair is a sad situation, but not being able to replace them is even sadder.

Call Us: 702.763.8096 & 702.389.7249

Our Locations

Eastern Ave & Coronado location

S. Eastern Ave. & Coronado
10400 S. Eastern Ave.
Henderson, NV 89052

702.763.8096

Boca Park location

Boca Park
8980 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89117

702.389.7249